After being arrested or convicted of a DWI, it is important for you to take steps to resolve the matter as quickly as possible. You may also need some clarification about your rights after your charge. This will keep you from violating any additional laws so you can settle this legal issue correctly. One of the penalties often associated with a DWI is a suspended license. However, if you live in New York and this is the state where the DWI occurred, you may be eligible for a conditional license. Here are some important things you need to know when it comes to reinstating your license.

Conditional or restricted use licenses

You can visit your local DMV office to apply for a condition or restricted use license after a DWI. Most motor vehicle locations offer this service so check for the office near you according to your zip code.

The DMW will provide you with a conditional license if you’re a qualified driver with a New York license that was revoked or suspended due to a violation related to alcohol or drug use. You’ll be required to attend the Impaired Driver Program to receive your license.

You can also apply for a restricted-use license if your license was taken away due to traffic violations that are not alcohol or drug-related.

Drivers from other states

If you get a DWI and your driver’s license was not issued in New York, you can still receive conditional or restricted driving privileges if you meet the other necessary requirements. The license will give you the right to drive in the state of New York and the restrictions and conditions will be the same for you as it would be for an individual with a New York license.

Speak with a qualified DWI lawyer to learn about your rights after your license is suspended or revoked so you’ll know how to move forward with your case.



James Auricchio was admitted to the practice of Law in 2001. He entered private practice in 2010 after earning distinction as a State and Federal Prosecutor.

Named to the list of Superlawyers, in 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024, a distinction awarded to less than 5 percent of all attorneys in New York State